Angela Bassett Reveals the Secret to Her 24-Year Marriage to Courtney B. Vance

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  • 9-1-1- Star Angela Bassett has been married to her husband, Courtney B. Vance, for over two decades.

  • The pair met in 1980 and later tied the knot in 1997.

  • They share twins, Bronwyn and Slater Vance, together.

9-1-1: Lone Star fans might love seeing Angela Bassett's character LAPD patrol sergeant Athena Carter Grant Nash with her husband Bobby Nash (played by Peter Krause) onscreen, but Angela’s real-life love story is even more swoon-worthy.

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After all, she and her husband Courtney B. Vance have been married for over two decades. But, who is Courtney B. Vance and how did their love story begin? You've come to the right place — here's everything we know about the sweet couple.

Courtney B. Vance is an American actor who got his start on Broadway. After winning a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Lucky Guy, Courtney went on to focus more on television and film. Over the years, he’s had appearances in Law & Order, Revenge, and Scandal, as well as FX’s limited series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Before becoming big actors, Angela and Courtney attended the Yale School of Drama together in the 1980s. However, as he revealed to Oprah in a 2007 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, it was anything but love at first sight. "I don't remember her at all, really,” he said.

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It wasn’t until over a decade later that their platonic friendship took a turn for the more romantic. "He had a beautiful, beautiful girlfriend at the time, who was also in drama school with us,” Bassett told People. “So maybe about 14 years later, our paths crossed here in Los Angeles. And I was single, he was single. And I had such an appreciation for him over those years—of his consistency, how he treated other people, of what a supporter he is, what a connector of people and ideas he is, how passionate he is.”

In 1997, three years after their first date, Angela and Courtney tied the knot. Shortly thereafter, they began trying to conceive. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an entirely simple process for the pair.

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Photo credit: David Crotty - Getty Images

Angela and Courtney turned to IVF treatments in hopes of having a child. After seven years of treatment, the couple transitioned to the concept of surrogacy.

Thankfully, the surrogacy was successful, and Angela and Courtney welcomed their twins, Bronwyn and Slater Vance, on January 27, 2006. "Just Standing there together, holding each other with the realization that this is the moment that we’ve been working toward, praying for … [it’s a dream come true]," Angela told Oprah.

In 2020, Angela revealed to Extra TV the secret to making her marriage work. "Negotion and being easy. You want to be harder on yourself and easy on the other person," she said. "You want to be happy, and somethings you just have to let go and let slide."

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